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Submission + - Facebook admits that it miscalculated advertising metrics (wsj.com)

McGruber writes: Facebook disclosed on Wednesday that a comprehensive internal metrics audit found that discrepancies, or “bugs,” led to the undercounting or overcounting of four measurements, including the weekly and monthly reach of marketers’ posts, the number of full video views and time spent with publishers’ Instant Articles. None of the metrics in question impact Facebook’s billing, said Mark Rabkin, vice president of Facebook’s core ads team.

The unveiling of the additional errors may trouble some advertisers and web publishers that rely on Facebook for distribution and monetization. Several had already called for additional third-party validation of Facebook’s data.

Submission + - Federal Prosecutors actually prosecuting H1-B Fraud (ap.org)

McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8fb0819e3b6543788237f32070f73974/business-owner-2-firms-face-visa-fraud-charges) that Federal Prosecutors have filed conspiracy charges against a part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee for fraudulently using the H-1B program.

Prosecutors said the conspirators falsely represented that the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary. They said the workers were only paid when placed at a third-party client and the defendants sometimes generated false payroll records. The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and obstruct justice and conspiracy to harbor aliens. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Submission + - ITT Tech Shuts Down (washingtonpost.com)

McGruber writes: The Washington Post is reporting that the IIT Educational Services ended operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes on Tuesday, citing government action to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue. The shutdown occurred two weeks after the federal Education Department said ITT would no longer be allowed to enroll new students who rely on federal loans and grants, award raises, pay bonuses or make severance payments to its executives without government approval.

The shutdown of ITT campuses puts hundreds of millions of dollars in federal financial aid on the line because the government is obligated to forgive the federal loans of students affected by the closure. ITT reported almost $850 million in total revenue in 2015, roughly $580 million of which was sourced from federal aid, according to the department.

Earlier this year, Slashdot covered the Massachusetts Attorney General suing ITT Tech for exploiting computer network students (https://news.slashdot.org/story/16/04/04/2241230/massachusetts-ag-sues-itt-tech-for-exploiting-computer-network-students) and how the SEC charged the company for fraud over its student loan programs (https://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/05/13/029215/sec-charges-itt-educational-services-with-fraud).

Submission + - WaPo Media Columnist defends online comments attached to articles (washingtonpost.com)

McGruber writes: While NPR and other media outlets are no featuring comments from readers on their website, the Washington Post's Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan says that "reader comments an irreplaceable guide to my constituency." Sullivan also explains the importance of online comments attached to articles: "I find value in reader comments that can’t be adequately reproduced elsewhere. The argument that the conversation has migrated to Facebook and Twitter is flawed. Those are good places for discussion, but they are no substitute for having discussion take place where the story itself lives. I’m convinced that many smart readers with something to contribute will not follow a story onto social media to talk about it. News organizations should fix online comments rather than ditch them."

Sullivan concludes her article by describing how open-source tools from the Coral Project (https://coralproject.net/) can improve online commenting.

Submission + - Delta Airlines seeking a "Operations Manager IT - Crisis Management" (greatjob.net)

McGruber writes: Delta Air Lines, grounded around the world after an unexplained computer glitch (https://it.slashdot.org/story/16/08/08/1251252/delta-air-lines-grounded-around-the-world-after-computer-outage), has an opening for an "Operations Manager IT — Crisis Management" (https://delta.greatjob.net/jobs/JobDescRequestAction.action?PSUID=66c3ea1e-88b3-4ad4-b1e6-7b79cec74147) The job responsibilities include "Help to resolve identify, troubleshoot and resolve Crisis Situations within the IT organization; Ensure the availability, performance and operational integrity of the Information Systems and Networks serving the Delta enterprise; and Communicate the business impact and ensure the right resources are available and engaged to quickly resolve any technology issue."

Comment Report: Fire destroyed generators (Score 4, Informative) 239

A fire at the datacenter caused the outage, according to a post on post from "walterD" in Flyertalk.com's "Delta computers down ..." thread:

According to the flight captain of JFK-SLC this morning, a routine scheduled switch to the backup generator this morning at 2:30am caused a fire that destroyed both the backup and the primary. Firefighters took a while to extinguish the fire. Power is now back up and 400 out of the 500 servers rebooted, still waiting for the last 100 to have the whole system fully functional.

Comment uMatrix (Score 2) 195

I love uMatrix, an extension for Firefox. It's like noscript, but much more powerful: "uMatrix puts you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it is allowed to download, and what it is allowed to execute. Nobody else decides for you: You choose. You are in full control of your privacy."

Submission + - Debate over use of 5.9 GHz is delaying Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) rollout (amazonaws.com)

McGruber writes: In a June 30 letter, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO, http://www.transportation.org/), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America, http://www.itsa.org/ ) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE, http://www.ite.org/ ), requested that the US Secretary of Transportation finally release the Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance. The organizations note that the draft V2I guidance was issued in September 2014 and, in the two years since, the federal government and the auto industry have been funding V2I deployments that have proceeded without the final V2I Guidance.

The delay is apparently related to the National Cable & Telecommunication's (NCTA) efforts to allow wi-fi to share the 5.9 GHz band used for V2I. That effort is described in a July 11 article, "NCTA, Wi-Fi Alliance push for 5.9 GHz sharing":

At least two FCC commissioners have shown an interest in sharing in the 5.9 GHz band. More than a year ago, Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel rallied around the idea, saying there are ways to use it for Wi-Fi while protecting the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems that are intended for road safety.

Submission + - Georgia investigating Google Fiber Installer after it repeatedly hit gas lines (wabe.org)

McGruber writes: WABE, one of the NPR stations in Atlanta, is reporting that Georgia’s Public Service Commission is investigating Google Fiber contractor S&N Communications after it reported damaging gas lines 36 different times in the past year. In the first quarter of this year, utility company Atlanta Gas Light had a 67 percent increase in reports of damaged natural gas lines within its service areas.

Atlanta Fire Department Sgt. Cortez Stafford said sometimes the fire department responds to five calls in one day. "Due to the amount of crews digging and boring in the Atlanta area, there has been a significant increase in our number of emergency responses to gas leaks," Stafford said. "It's a pretty severe incident because with that amount of gas flowing, if it ignites, then that could start a fire in another location." Sgt. Stafford said some of these crews are operating boring machines to install fiber optic cables for companies like Google Fiber. He said the drills are hitting gas lines that can range in diameter from 1 to 4 inches. They can be high pressure lines or supply lines that feed off to other feeder lines.

In May, WSB-Television news reported (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/google-fiber-contractor-connected-to-several-line-breaks/296434858) that Google Fiber contractors were responsible for hitting gas lines at four different locations.

Submission + - Tesla driver using autopilot killed in crash (washingtonpost.com)

McGruber writes: The Washington Post is reporting (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/30/tesla-owner-killed-in-fatal-crash-while-car-was-on-autopilot) that Joshua David Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio was was killed in a May 7 collision in Florida with a tractor trailer while the Tesla was in "Autopilot" mode. "Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied," Tesla said in a blog post entitled "A Tragic Loss (https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/tragic-loss).

Michelle Krebbs, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, called for a recall of cars with Autopilot. And Karl Brauer, another senior analyst at KBB, added: “I’d like to say I didn’t see this coming, but it was inevitable based on the documented abuses of driver-assist technology we’ve been seeing on sites like YouTube.”

“This will be a big hit to Tesla’s reputation because the automaker has been seen as a leader in both passenger safety and advanced technology,” Brauer added.

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